Both Replicarz models are beautifully executed. Many casual observers will assume these are the same cars in different color schemes, but they are not.
Close inspection shows the bright-blue 1970 model has a wider left-side pod that protected the fuel tanks, and the 1971 model is slim, with each side being the same dimension.
The 1971 model’s nose also has small winglets on the side, and yellow front-suspension springs. The Johnny Lightning decals, while similar, also vary some, and the 1971 model is #1, reflecting Unser’s championship the previous year, compared to #2 on the 1970 car. Various sponsor decals, which were rapidly growing in numbers by 1970, also vary from year to year.
Spectacular detail at this price and size includes the delicate, well-executed front and rear suspensions, with their slim supports and springs. There’s a fuel insert coupler on the left side of each; flat wings that run next to the engine compartment; silver ductwork to feed the turbo; and the silver- and-black turbo at the rear of the engine cowl. The car’s tall driver’s mirror also sits atop a unique tripod just to the right of the cockpit, which includes a black seat and steering wheel.
Al Unser’s name, along with that of Chief Mechanic George Bignotti, is printed on the cars’ sides. And the racers ride on brushed-metal-look wheels with knockoff central spinners and Firestone black slicks to give the cars a realistic race-morning look.
Replicarz’s 1/18 Indy Cars are special, but for folks with less display space or smaller budgets, the new lineup of 1/43 scale cars is a perfect fit to complete an Indy Car collection. Look for two more cars in this series soon, plus a 1/18 version of Jones’ 1967 Paxton STP Turbine.
Johnny Lightning PJ Colt (1970 and 1971 Indy 500 winners)
R43009 (1970 winner) R43002 (1971 winner)
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